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Pioneer Public TV features Lakes Area Theatre

Ann Hermes, artistic director of Alexandria’s Lakes Area Theatre, will be featured on Pioneer Public Television’s Postcards program on Sunday, February 2 at 7 p.m. (Contributed)

Ann Hermes and Alexandria’s Lakes Area Theatre (LAT) will be featured in an upcoming episode of Pioneer Public Television’s Postcards program on Sunday, February 2 at 7 p.m.

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Through short stories about LAT, a late blooming painter in Ortonville and a historic drive-in theater in Luverne, Postcards will highlight how residents of the region have built unique communities around passionate individuals with vision and talent.

The episode begins with a story about how the LAT got into the business of producing radio dramas for a growing network of 16 radio stations.

Hermes, LAT’s artistic director, credits Mike Roers for “planting the seed of the idea, which marinated and started to grow” into a troupe of 150 actors who participate in radio play productions that are recorded in front of live audiences.

“We are doing this because we love production work and we love acting,” said Hermes.

Author Amelia Dellos of Chicago is also featured in the story, as she shares her experience of translating her novel Courting Bertha: Love Under Fire into a radio play for LAT.

Artist Deb Larson of Ortonville is the subject of the next segment of the episode, which explores her paintings featuring local residents sitting on couches, surrounded by items of personal importance.

The final story is about the Verne Theater in Luverne, featuring interviews with original owner and founder, Walter Deutsch, and current owner, Glenn Burmeister. Today the theater is one of the few drive-in theaters left in the state.

The 30 minute episode will be repeated on Monday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. The program will be available online after February 3 on

Postcards is funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.